Food, Celebrity Portraits, and Food Culture

Hyperreality, Food and Sex~

Of course, there was also David LaChapelle in my memory, with several celebrity portraits featuring props shaped like food, illustrated food (I was almost going to include Elton John’s cherries and bananas portrait), and food standing for other objects.

Sorry, if you feel it’s crass. I don’t know if some of our readers are sensitive to these things. But you know, it’s David LaChapelle. His hyper surreal style has been even used for commercial shooting, and then there was this photo of Devon Aoki holding a fish. xD

I wasn’t entirely sure if this hyper sexual surreal style was unique to LaChapelle or it was just me looking at the photos, but it seemed that 98% of the photos I found — especially the ones featuring women — were sexualized. It’s common to think of food and sex in similar tracks. After all, both are two of the pleasures of life ;P


But I was just really stunned by the little focus on regular celebrity portraits with food.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

3 Responses

  1. mirella says:

    Gooddammit, another reason to love RDJesus: he loves to eat~

  2. ghost says:

    The most interesting thing to see is how different the Bon Appetit cover looks to any other cover. Gwyneth has FRECKLES??? When did she ever have freckles?

    Can Bjork’s Swan dress count as food? Do people eat swan? Maybe someone should get a goose dress next.

    About Classic Hollywood, I think… Marylin did like eating, so there’s a big chance she’s eating that burger. Then again, the Hollywood machine could have fabricated that idea as well. We… may… never actually know.

    • amy says:

      @ghost, That’s why I don’t usually go for fashion shoots. American Vogue, Bazaar, etc. They all apply a HEAVY layer to erase imperfection that… it makes them all look flat and plastic. I mean, a little photoshop it’s okay, I don’t mind a little bit of clean up, but things have gotten so out of hand.

      About Marilyn… PR machine? xD I think it’s hard to tarnish the PR of a star that has already gone. PR is an interesting thing to study, but a precious thing to just stay away from. xD

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